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Legally Armed: V22N4

By Jeffrey Folloder

Mixed Messages from Shows

This NFATCA Report is being written while the temperatures in Brownsville, Texas are significantly colder than the temperatures in Anchorage, Alaska—a bit unsettling for the first week of January 2018. That said, the unusual weather patterns appear to be mimicking the unusual legislative and regulatory activity going on in Washington, D.C. You never know quite what you’re going to get, and you will be hard-pressed to come up with a solid reason This NFATCA Report is being written while the temperatures in Brownsville, Texas are significantly colder than the temperatures in Anchorage, Alaska—a bit unsettling for the first week of January 2018. That said, the unusual weather patterns appear to be mimicking the unusual legislative and regulatory activity going on in Washington, D.C. You never know quite what you’re going to get, and you will be hard-pressed to come up with a solid reason for why it is happening. Or maybe it’s just that the reasons are difficult to fathom.

There was a Notice issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on December 21, 2017, just before Christmas. A list of 25 guidance documents was withdrawn after a November 17 memorandum from Attorney General Sessions prohibiting the DOJ from using guidance documents to circumvent the rulemaking process. A handful of the 25 rulings and circulars involved the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and were dumped as being obsolete, redundant or unnecessary:


There was a considerable buzz from the community and even the media trying to divine what ATF might be up to. To quote Dr. Freud, “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” The referenced items were obsolete and redundant and needed to go. Unfortunately, getting rid of these items may also be paying heed to the President’s requirement that two regulations must be tossed for each new one brought to bear.

And then there is the three-ringed circus surrounding bump stocks and other firearms accessories....

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N4 (April 2018)
and was posted online on February 23, 2018

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